NTSB Identification: ERA13FA340
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 29, 2013 in Georgetown, SC
Aircraft: FOLLAND AIRCRAFT CO LTD GNAT T 1, registration: N18GT
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 29, 2013, about 1320 eastern daylight time, a Folland GNAT T1, airplane, N18GT, collided with terrain during an uncontrolled descent near the Georgetown County Airport (GGE), Georgetown, South Carolina. The pilot was fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to Foogair Inc, and operated by the airline transport pilot as a personal flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Yeager Airport (CRW), Charleston, West Virginia, destined for GGE.

According to witnesses the pilot radioed personnel at the airport on approach and they went outside to see him land. The pilot crossed over the midfield and entered a right downwind for runway 23. The airplane made a high speed flyby over the runway between 100-200 feet AGL. At the end of the runway the airplane pitched up approximately 30 degrees and began an aileron roll to the left. The first 180 degrees of the aileron roll was uneventful according to the witnesses, but when the airplane reached about the 190 degree point it abruptly pitched down and to the right. The airplane collided with the ground and an explosion was heard followed by a plume of smoke. No distress calls were heard on the radio from the pilot prior to the accident.

The wreckage was located in a heavily wooded area one mile southwest of GGE. The airplane was examined on scene and all major components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site. A debris path revealed freshly broken tree branches at an approximate 45-degree angle. The debris path was on a 309-degree magnetic heading, and extended approximately 300 feet. Various fragments of the airplane were located along the debris path. The engine, fuselage and the sections of the wings and cockpit were located at the end of the debris path and had been consumed by a postcrash fire. Flight control continuity to the flight controls was not confirmed due to the fragmentation of the flight control and the hydraulic systems.

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